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from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,
The NHL salary cap is expected to rise from $44 million to close to $47 million or $48 million next season, but there might not be a rush by all teams to increase their payrolls by that amount.
“Not all markets can afford to keep doing that,” says Anaheim Ducks general manager Brian Burke. “What makes this difficult for us is that we aren’t eligible for revenue sharing, and we are trying to beat teams who are and they are beating us with other team’s money.”
Attention NHL Owners and management- This is the 3rd NHL team this week that has complained about the CBA. You were behind the new CBA, if you didn’t like it, you should not have approved it!
fromm the Mercury News,
McLaren crumpled to the ice in a daze. But fortunately for the Sharks, their hard-hitting defenseman said he suffered only a bad headache from the hit that cost Ruutu a five-minute major for boarding, plus a game misconduct.
“I didn’t see him coming,” McLaren said. “My head feels like it got squeezed like a melon.”
“Ruutu does this all the time, and doing it in the last minute, that’s a shame,’’ Sharks Coach Ron Wilson said.
“We don’t need that stuff. You know maybe we do need goonery so he’s held accountable. Run a guy from behind, and I don’t think he could get off the ice fast enough with his game misconduct. Play with class. You hit a guy from behind at that point in the game, it’s ridiculous.’‘
from Bob Hunter of the Columbus Dispatch,
But Hitchcock isn’t some guy spinning a cocoon around his rear end. He didn’t construct this mess; he inherited it. While he doubtless agrees with some of the scouts’ characterizations — the general weakness of the defense corps, for example — he doesn’t think the Jackets are as far away as some of the scouts do.
“But are we far away from being a playoff team? No, not at all. As we sit here, there’s a fivegame difference between us and the New York Rangers, who were picked to win it in October.”
The simple phrase “Wait until next year” feels like a punch in the gut to most Blue Jackets fans. They want to believe. But they have been told so many times that next year is the year that they have tuned all that nonsense out.
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
The Rangers captain did not shoot for the sixth consecutive time after two initial misses because he previously told Tom Renney he does not feel confident enough to participate in the one-on-one showdown in which the great ones generally thrive.
It is unimaginable that Jagr, battered and bruised though both his left shoulder and psyche must be, would not demand to go. It is beyond belief that he would not demand the opportunity to have the game on his stick, if for no other reason than to prove himself unafraid of failure to his teammates.
from the Denver Post,
It ain’t happening.
The NHL insists there are 21 games remaining on the schedule for the Avs to get their act together.
But the hockey season ended in Colorado on Thursday night, with a 4-3 loss to Minnesota.
Since moving to Denver in 1995, dark days have been few and far between for the Avalanche.
from the Boston Herald:
Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli, who has made deals in recent weeks that improved his team both now and in the future, was close last night to another: signing winger Marco Sturm to a contract extension.
The Bruins were, according to a well-placed source, “very close to signing him. All that’s left is the dotting of the i’s and the crossing of the t’s.”
Yesterday morning Chiarelli confirmed that the B’s want to keep the 28-year-old Sturm, who has been on fire with seven goals in eight games going into tonight’s match with the Lightning at the St. Pete Times Forum. There had been widespread speculation the Bruins, as they had with free-agents-to-be Brad Stuart and Wayne Primeau, would try to trade Sturm and not risk losing him for nothing in July.
But Chiarelli said his intention all along has been to try to hang on to Sturm, who has 19-10-29 totals and a minus-19 in 53 games while earning $2.1 million.
from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Members of the Blues’ management staff met Thursday at the team’s practice facility in Hazelwood, and after several hours of deliberation, club president John Davidson said that no trades involving Bill Guerin or Keith Tkachuk are imminent.
“We’re exploring (options),” said Davidson, who noted there wasn’t much talk Thursday because several NHL general managers were traveling after three days of meetings in Florida this week. “We went over the stuff that (Blues general manager) Larry Pleau brought back ... talked about all the different scenarios.”
Whether Davidson decides to deal before Tuesday’s NHL trading deadline - and it’s still very likely he will - the Blues are reportedly on the cusp of offering defenseman Eric Brewer a contract extension.
The extension probably will be a multiyear offer worth at least $4 million per season but not exceeding $5 million. If that doesn’t satisfy Brewer, 27, the Blues might consider putting him on the trading block before Tuesday’s deadline.
from the Arizona Republic:
Coach Wayne Gretzky scratched enforcer Georges Laraque from Thursday’s game and afterward hinted that Laraque may be dealt before the NHL trade deadline on Tuesday.
“We haven’t really got to a point where anything is imminent, but obviously we’ll explore everything,” Gretzky said. “He’s a good young man, it’s just sometimes things don’t work out and right now maybe (a trade) is the best situation for both sides.”
The Pittsburgh Penguins need a tough guy to protect young playmakers Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. Don’t be surprised if a deal between Phoenix and the Penguins comes down soon.
Earlier today Snapshots at Mlive picked up on this little bit of information from the Sports Network…
In team personnel news, Detroit picked up a former Predator for the upcoming stretch drive when it signed veteran center Greg Johnson on Monday. The 35- year-old had spent the previous seven seasons with Nashville and ranks second on the Predators’ all-time list for games played.
We both did a little investigation on this signing, and found it to be false. A pure hatchet job by Sports Network.
You can read more about it in the KK Forums...
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